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By motorhome through Norway for 1 to 3 weeks

, Oct 5, 2023, Reading time: 18 min
Reading time: 18 min

Experience the beauty of Norwegian nature on an unforgettable road trip through this magnificent Scandinavian country. You will probably be surprised by the versatility of the nature, as well as how many hidden gems the country has, ready for you to discover.
The country offers varied nature and experiences, so those who want to visit the country with their motorhome or caravan may very well adapt the itinerary to whatever suits them best. Let your mood guide you and explore the beauty of Norway at your own pace. In this article, we will present possible routes, all of which will take you to unforgettable views and unique sights.

Norway is a country of breathtaking beauty that is perfect for a camping trip. With its majestic fjords, impressive mountains, and picturesque coastlines, Norway offers a variety of experiences for all tastes. Whether you have one, two, or three weeks planned for your camping vacation, a road trip will definitely be worth it.
Although the wilderness and nature have a firm grip on the land, you can easily reach all the amazing places with your motorhome or caravan. One thing that is certain is that you have a fabulous adventure ahead of you – one that you will surely remember forever.

1. Southern Norway for 7 days

Southern Norway

The seven-day tour through southern Norway is an unforgettable journey full of breathtaking landscapes and fascinating cultural treasures. From the vibrant capital Oslo to the majestic fjords and glaciers, the trip offers a diverse experience that reflects Norway’s beauty and uniqueness. Here, a route rich in contrasts awaits you, which stretches over approximately 1,200 km. It’s recommended to take this route for the warmer season between mid-May and mid-September.

Hardly any other country offers such diverse landscapes for an unforgettable road trip as Norway. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
Hardly any other country offers such diverse landscapes for an unforgettable road trip as Norway. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Your tour through southern Norway begins in the bustling capital city of Oslo. There, you can immerse yourself in the city’s cultural diversity, visit the Viking Ship Museum, Vigelandsparken with a whopping 212 stone and bronze sculptures, as well as the impressive opera house. You can also explore the city center with shops and sample Oslo’s famous culinary scene at its excellent restaurants.

On the second day, you’ll head to Lillehammer, where the Winter Olympics were held in 1994. During the scenic drive through the Norwegian countryside, it’s worth taking a break at Lake Mjøsa. When you arrive in Lillehammer, you can visit the open-air museum Maihaugen and learn a lot about the history of Norway.
Then, we continue to the famous Geiranger Fjord, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The journey through the impressive mountain landscape to the fjord is a real delight for the eye – and for the soul. Once in Geiranger, take a boat cruise in the fjords to experience the majestic ‘Seven Sisters’ and ‘Bridal Veil’ waterfalls up close.

In the next few days that follow, the itinerary first takes you to Jostalsbreen National Park, which introduces you to Norway’s fascinating Icelandic landscape. Here you should definitely plan a stop at the Bøyabreen glacier. From here you have a breathtaking view of this wonder. We will then continue to Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, the Sognefjord. You will cross this by ferry, with a magical view of the fjord. Put on your hiking boots or rent a kayak and enjoy breathtaking views of the impressive mountains and water up close.

As you pass the Hardangerfjorden and the Sørfjorden, you will reach the village of Odda, where the filming of the series Ragnarök took place. The beautiful Odda church is located directly on the shore of the fjord. In the adjacent park, you will find some picnic tables and you can also have a good time by the small harbor. The route then takes you to Heddal, where you can visit the largest stave church in Norway, which was built in the 13th century and still contains many of the original wooden beams from that time. On the last day of your tour, you return to Oslo.

Park your motorhome and set off on an authentic Norwegian nature tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
Park your motorhome and set off on an authentic Norwegian nature tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Excursion tips:

Don’t miss the Stegastein Viewpoint, from where you have a unique view of the Aurlandsfjord. Bjørgavegen then takes you across the highlands and you won’t believe your eyes when you see this landscape: giant rock formations covered with a variety of mosses and bushes, turquoise lakes, and snow from last winter.

Or, how about a hike to the world-famous Trolltunga? The fairy-tale-like mountain stretches out like a tongue, and got its name from looking like an old troll. The mountain rises 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet and is one of the best hiking spots in Norway. However, you should really be in good shape and definitely have the right equipment with you, because the hike is not recommended for inexperienced people. There are three different parking lots, which give a total distance of 20 km, 27 km, or even 38 km. In addition, 680 meters of altitude are overcome on the hike.

Overview of the route

1st night: Oslo → 2 hours – 180 km
2nd night: Lillehammer → 4 hours – 260 km
3rd night: Geiranger → 3 hours – 170 km
4th night: Jostalsbreens National Park → 1.5 hours – 70 km
5th night: Sognefjord → 4 hours – 200 km
6th night: Odda → 5 hours – 350 km
7th night: Oslo

Total travelling time: 19.5 hours and 1,230 km
Ferries: Sognefjord from Mannheller to Fodnes (30 min)
Best time to travel: mid-May – mid-September

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Did you know that…

You can find the right motorhome, caravan, or campervan for your camping holiday through Norway at MyCamper. You can easily rent your motorhome directly in Oslo, Tromsø, and many other places in Norway.

2. Lofoten for 7 days


The seven-day Lofoten tour is an unforgettable adventure that gives you the opportunity to discover one of the most spectacular places in the world. The islands of Lofoten are connected to each other by bridges, so you can easily reach several of them with your caravan or motorhome. A particularly unique aspect of this route is the short distances between the individual sites, which makes it suitable for those who want to relax and enjoy the site, rather than spending too much time on the road. The best time to travel is from May to October, although we can highly recommend the low season when you experience pure seclusion. From hiking and boating to cultural discovery and local cuisine, this trip offers a great mix for adventure enthusiasts of all kinds. By the way, the Lofoten archipelago is also perfect for amateur photographers!

We highly recommend visiting the unique Lofoten Islands on your Norway tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
We highly recommend visiting the unique Lofoten Islands on your Norway tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Your journey begins with your arrival in Lofoten either by ferry from Skutvik on Norway’s west coast or via the mainland connection. We would like to advise that you take enough time to soak up the special atmosphere of the islands, which you will feel right from the start. From there, you may explore Svolvær, the largest town in Lofoten, and discover traditional red fishing huts and impressive mountain scenery.

The next day you will go to Kabelvåg, one of Lofoten’s oldest fishing villages. Visit the Lofoten Museum and learn more about the fishing traditions and life on the islands. You will then continue to Henningsvær, a picturesque village built on several small islands. The narrow streets and the maritime atmosphere make this place an unforgettable stopover.

Then, you will reach Nusfjord, an idyllic fishing village that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List that you may visit as an open-air museum. The well-preserved old wooden houses give you the impression of being thrown back in time. The icing on the cake, more or less in a literal sense, is having great coffee here, as well as the best cinnamon buns ever in the sweet, traditional bakery. Additionally, we want to recommend the hike over the flat rock formations around Nusfjord, which gives you a unique view of the open sea.

You will then continue to Reine, one of the most famous places in Lofoten. Here, you will find all the famous postcard motifs that you may already know from the Norwegian archipelago – but experiencing them in real life is something else. As you may understand, it is an incomparable feeling to stand in these places and create your own holiday memories. The small island of Sakrisøy is known for its beautiful yellow houses and at the viewpoint in front of Hamnøy, you will find one of the most beautiful photo opportunities in Lofoten.

You can also climb the Reinebring mountain via a stone staircase with 1,566 steps and marvel at the entire surroundings from a bird’s eye view.
The route then takes you back east and now, you will have time to get to know Lofoten’s most beautiful beach in more detail. At Hauklandstranda you can surf, play volleyball, have a relaxing day swimming, or have some alone time with a yoga session. A beautiful hiking trail also takes you to the tranquil beach of Uttakleiv, which is hidden behind the mountain “Mannen”.

The next day you can visit the Lofotr The Viking Museum, stop in Borg on the island of Vestvågøy, and take a closer look at the historical background of the Viking Age. On the site where the museum is located, the foundations of a longhouse from as early as the 4th and 7th centuries have been found. This was then rebuilt to resemble the original and turned into an exciting attraction. Finally, the itinerary takes you back to Svolvær, where your Lofoten road trip began a week ago.

We highly recommend visiting the unique Lofoten Islands on your Norway tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
If you plan a Lofoten road trip during the low season, you can explore the archipelago in seclusion and avoid crowds of tourists. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Excursion tips:

Fredvang is a picturesque fishing village in Lofoten and a true paradise for many. Surrounded by impressive mountains and blue water, Fredvang offers spectacular hiking trails and photo opportunities. There, you may visit the adjacent Kvalvika Beach, known for its breathtaking nature. The unique atmosphere and untouched nature make Fredvang a fantastic destination that you must not miss when visiting Lofoten.

Overview of the route

1st night: Svolvær → 0.5 hour – 25 km
2nd night: Henningsvær → 1.5 hours – 85 km
3rd night: Nusfjord → 1 hour – 40 km
4th + 5th night: Reine → 1 hour – 60 km
6th night: Hauklandstranda → 1.5 hours – 70 km
7th night: Svolvær

Total travelling time: 5.5 hours and 280 km
Ferries: none
Best time to visit: May – June and September – October (peak season is often crowded)

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3. Central/southern Norway for 2 weeks

Central/Southern Norway

This 14-day road trip in southern Norway equals an unforgettable journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. From the majestic mountains and some of the most famous roads to picturesque islands, idyllic coastal towns, and stunning fjords, this trip offers a range of natural wonders. We will very soon give you a series of insider tips beyond the classic and more general roads – all so that you can immerse yourself in the different sides of Norway over a total distance of almost 2,000 kilometers. The optimal time of the year to travel, we would say, is between mid-May and September. During that period, nature is extra beautiful and you can go on fantastic hikes.

This route takes you over several world-famous roads, such as the Trollstigen. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
This route takes you over several world-famous roads, such as the Trollstigen. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

After a night in Oslo, your two-week road trip in Southern Norway begins with a drive to Dovrefjell National Park, which is a stunning area of ​​mountainous scenery and rich flora and fauna. Here, you will find great hiking opportunities, where you will get to know the exciting wilderness better. Along the way, we recommend that you look out for the impressive muskox, which, after being reintroduced a few decades ago, lives freely here.

We well then continue to the world-famous Atlantic Way, which is a spectacular stretch of 8 km across many small islands in the North Atlantic. Enjoy the breathtaking views and make sure to stop at the viewpoints to admire this unique nature.

The next day, you will reach the next famous road in Norway. Trollstigen’s steep and impressive waterfalls offer fantastic photo opportunities. The road was opened in 1936 and is used by around half a million people every year. By the way, you have a fantastic view from the viewpoint in the visitor center at 400 meters altitude. From up there, you can, among other things, see the cars winding their way through the curves.
You then continue directly to Runde Island, a paradise for bird lovers – and those who want to become one. Here, you have the opportunity to observe thousands of seabirds, including the cute puffins, in their natural habitat.

You will spend the next few days in the charming port city of Bergen. There, you may explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bryggen and the fish market. And how about a ride on the Fløibanen cable car for a spectacular view of the city? You will then continue with great cultural experiences in Norway’s fourth largest city, Stavanger. The charming old town welcomes you with its historic buildings and cozy streets that invite you to stroll and explore.

From here, you will visit the famous Preikestolen. In just under 45 minutes you reach the starting point for the hike through an impressive landscape. The 604-meter-high rock outcrop then rewards you with a breathtaking view of the Lysefjorden.

You will end your journey with a stopover in the impressive Setesdal Vesthei Ryfylkeheiane nature reserve, which is located on a plateau far south of Norway. Explore the untouched nature, hike through the breathtaking landscapes, and let yourself be enchanted by the tranquility and beauty of this region. You might even come across a herd of reindeer! You will then reach your starting point in Oslo and look back on two weeks full of adventure and unforgettable moments.

Experience the wonderful hike to Preikestolen on your Norway tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
Experience the wonderful hike to Preikestolen on your Norway tour. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Excursion tips:

In Stavanger, you must not miss “Sverd i fjell” (meaning “Sword in mountain”. The monument consists of three majestic Viking swords fixed on a stone. This is to celebrate the memory of the sea battle at Hafrsfjord in AD 872, where King Harald I united Norway’s Viking tribes. The impressive work of art is reminiscent of the Viking Age and symbolizes the historical importance of the region.

Overview of the route

1st night: Oslo → 4 hours – 320 km
2nd – 4th night: Dovrefjell national park→ 4 hours – 210 km
5th night: Atlantic Road → 6 hours – 300 km
6th – 7th night: Runde → 7 hours – 400 km
8th – 9th night: Bergen → 4.5 hours – 200 km
10th – 12th night: Stavanger → 3.5 hours – 220 km
13th night: Dalen → 3 hours – 210 km
14th night: Oslo

Total travelling time: 28 hours and 1,860 km


  • Åfarnes – Sølsnes (approx. 30 min)
  • Sølsnes – Åfarnes (approx. 30 min)
  • Sulesund – Hareid (approx. 45 min)
  • Lavik – Ytre Oppedal (approx. 30 min)
  • Halhjem – Sandvikvåg (approx. 1h 10 min)
  • Arsvågen – Mortavika (approx. 40 min)

Best time to travel: mid-May – September

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Good to know

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4. Lofoten and North Cape for 3 weeks

Northern Norway

The 21-day tour in northern Norway is a captivating adventure through the country’s impressive nature. This route promises unforgettable experiences over a total of 2,200 km among majestic fjords, snow-capped mountain peaks, picturesque islands, and an exciting culture. On this trip, you get to know both the Lofoten Islands and the incredible magic of the North Cape. The ideal time to travel is between mid-June and September, as winter takes a firm grip on the northern parts, with a thick layer of snow, for the remaining three-quarters of the year.

On your road trip in Northern Norway, top-class wilderness, privacy, and natural wonders await. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
On your road trip in Northern Norway, top-class wilderness, privacy, and natural wonders await. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Your journey begins in Tromsø, a vibrant city also known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”. There, you can explore the city center and the impressive harbor, visit the Polar Museum, and just experience the atmosphere of a place full of interesting sights. The Arctic Cathedral is another exciting attraction that you should definitely not miss.

You will then go to Narvik, a city with a rich history. Here, you can, for example, take a cable car to Narvikfjellet and enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and fjords. Very close to Narvik is the Polar Park, where you can get to know the animals of the Arctic.
Then, you will continue to Svolvær, the gateway to Lofoten. There, you can explore the picturesque fishing villages, walk along the coast, and experience the beautiful scenery on a boat trip that hoists sails in Svolvær’s harbor.

On the way to your next destination, you will have time to explore Lofoten until you reach Moskenes in the evening. Here, you can explore Reine and the famous photo spots or hike up to the top of Reinebring. From here, you have a fantastic view of the picturesque fishing villages and the surrounding fjords.
The next day, you will take a large ferry across the open Atlantic to Bodø. There, we would like to recommend a relaxing moment walking through the city, visiting the city’s aero museum, or take a trip to the surrounding beaches. You can also visit the Saltstraumen, the strongest tidal current in the world.

After a stopover in Bognes, we continue past the Lyngen Alps to Skibotn. From here, you can explore the area over the next few days, take a boat trip to the Lyngenfjord, and marvel at the majestic waterfalls. You will then reach Alta, which is known for its impressive museum of rock carvings that are between 2,000 and 6,500 years old.

The next big highlight is fast approaching as you drive to Norway’s northernmost point which can be reached by motorhome or caravan. The Nordkap monument is shaped like a globe and sits on a platform above the Nordkap Plateau. Photographing this special place is of course a must! The visitor center has a restaurant, a museum, and a souvenir shop, so you can also take home a souvenir. After a final stop in Olderdalen, you will then drive back to Tromsø.

lways make sure you drive carefully on your road trip, as animal encounters are almost always a given part of a road trip in Norway. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
lways make sure you drive carefully on your road trip, as animal encounters are almost always a given part of a road trip in Norway. Copyright: Marielle Janotta

Excursion tips:

Sunkhatten National Park is very close to Bodø and is an enchanting destination for nature lovers. With its majestic mountains, clear lakes, and lush forests, the park offers many hiking trails and opportunities for kayaking. Experience the untouched beauty of the arctic wilderness and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding fjords. It is simply a paradise for a memorable outdoor adventure and relaxation surrounded by Norwegian nature.

Overview of the route

1st – 3rd night: Tromsø → 3.5 hours – 230 km
4th – 6th night: Narvik → 3 hours – 220 km
7th – 9th night: Svolvær → 2 hours – 120 km
10th – 11th night: Mosques → 3 hours – 100 km (ferry route only)
12th – 13th night: Bodø → 3 hours – 215 km
14th night: Bognes → 5 hours – 300 km
15th – 16th night: Skibotn → 4 hours – 260 km
17th – 18th night: Alta → 3.5 hours – 235 km
19th night: North Cape → 6.5 hours – 440 km
20th evening: Olderalen → 2.5 hours – 90 km
21:a night: Tromsø

Total travelling time: 36 hours and 2,210 km


  • Moskenes – Bodø (approx. 3 hours)
  • Bognes – Skarberget (approx. 40 min)
  • Olderdalen – Lyngseidet (approx. 50 min)
  • Svensby – Breivikeidet (approx. 30 min)

Best time to travel: mid-June – September

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5. Final words about your Norway tour

If you are looking for a suitable destination for your next holiday, we can highly recommend a road trip with your caravan or motorhome through Norway! Whether you’re planning a 1-week, 2-week, or 3-week road trip, we hope you will enjoy our tips. As you can see, there’s something for everyone. From the very first moment of your trip, you will be immersed in the Norwegian wilderness and from there, get to know the many beautiful places that are definitely worth visiting.

Our advice: As you can see, we have made a special itinerary for Lofoten on its own. You can either visit the archipelago on a dedicated tour or combine them with a road trip of one or two weeks through Norway. This is an excellent plan if you are planning a longer camping holiday. With that said, you may use our Norway road trip tips either as they are or as very flexible ‘trip modules’ to tailor them to your individual preferences. We hope, and believe, that you will have a memorable trip to Norway – we are sure that you will experience many unforgettable moments along the way!

Our tip for your trip to Norway: Copy our road trips directly or combine them according to your own wishes. Copyright: Marielle Janotta
Our tip for your trip to Norway: Copy our road trips directly or combine them according to your own wishes. Copyright: Marielle Janotta